As a property owner or contractor, you may need to fell trees, ram posts, or dig trenches near power lines and underground cables.
If you come into contact with one you could be seriously injured.
It's important to put your safety ﬁrst.
Close approach consents
Working close to power lines and other electrical equipment can be dangerous. If you need to dig within 5 meters of a Top Energy power pole, or operate machinery within 4 meters of our power lines or electrical equipment, you need to let us know so we can keep you safe.
This includes activities like putting up boundary fences, trimming shelter belts, maintaining drains, undertaking ground work or erecting scaﬀolding.
Apply for a Close Approach Consent on our website 10 working days before you want the work to take place through our online application.
There is no application fee. However, if a Top Energy Asset Protection Oﬃcer is required on site, there is a charge for their time.
Locating cables before you dig
There are many cables buried in properties, sections and sites in the Far North. For your safety, it makes sense to know if power cables are present and where they are before you start digging. Top Energy has a Cable Locate service to make things easy for you.
Within a property boundary
Locating your service cable costs $138 per hour, the ﬁrst hour is charged in full. Remember, you own the service cable on your property and are responsible for the cost of any repairs.
On public property or the roadside
It’s likely any cables are owned by Top Energy and there is no charge for us to locate them for you. However, if you damage them, you are responsible for the cost of any damage you cause.
Request a Cable Locate service 5 working days before you start through our online application.
Remember to treat power lines and underground cables as live at all times.